Tuesday night, long-time Baxter Springs City Councilman Ron Steele resigned his seat. Steele recently moved to Riverton. Controversy erupted when a motion was made to appoint Stan Pickering, who has been appointed to fill vacancies three times but has never been elected to the council to fill Steele's seat. After much discussion, Councilman Mike Kaufman withdrew his motion and the matter was tabled until the Oct. 23 council meeting.